Helsinki Hostels: The Best Budget Accommodations
Posted: 11/28/2023 | November 28th, 2023
Helsinki is one of the most undervisted capitals in Europe. When visiting Scandinavia, travelers usually flock to Copenhagen or Stockholm, skipping over Finland entirely. Considered one of the world’s most livable cities, Helsinki is filled with beautifully designed architecture, has plenty of relaxing green urban spaces, and is surrounded by over 300 gorgeous islands. The entire city, which is very walkable and bikeable, has a laid-back, almost small-town vibe that’s a welcome respite from other bustling European capitals. It’s the perfect place to slow down while still enjoying an interesting city and culture. But Helsinki has a valid reputation for being pricey, especially when it comes to accommodation. Fortunately, there are a handful of affordable hostels here to keep your costs as low during your visit. To help you find the perfect place to stay, here’s my list of the best hostels in Helsinki. You can’t go wrong in choosing one of the following hostels for your stay.
Price legend (per night)
- $ = Under 20 EUR
- $$ = 20-30 EUR
- $$$ = Over 30 EUR
- $$$ Fully equipped kitchen
- Super convenient central location
- Comfy pod beds
- Dorms from 42 EUR, private rooms from 75 EUR.
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- $$ Fully equipped guest kitchen
- Spacious dorm rooms
- Quiet, homey atmosphere
- Beds from 29 EUR, private rooms from 55 EUR.
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- $ Organizes lots of events so it’s easy to meet people
- Lively hostel bar
- Cheapest hostel in the city
- Beds from 19 EUR, private rooms from 50 EUR.
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- $$ Unique island location
- Cozy lounge with 24/7 free coffee and tea
- Female-only dorms
- Beds from 22 EUR, private rooms from 60 EUR.
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- $$ Free traditional sauna access
- Lots of helpful amenities like bike rentals and a bar/restaurant onsite
- Quiet neighborhood location near international ferries
- Beds from 29 EUR, private rooms from 56 EUR.
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1. The Yard Hostel
The Yard has won the “Best Hostel in Finland” award three years in a row. Located just a five-minute walk from the central train station, this boutique hostel is the priciest hostel on this list, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for a more upscale hostel in the middle of the city. It’s newly renovated in a contemporary Finnish style that’s minimalist yet cozy. Dorms have wooden pod beds with super comfy mattresses, privacy curtains, outlets, personal reading lights, and lockers underneath. The atmosphere is chill and quiet, with no social events or even staff around a lot of the time (there’s self-check-in/out). It’s best for travelers who prefer a peaceful stay, or who are already traveling in a group and not too fussed about meeting other travelers.
The Yard Hostel at a Glance:
2. Hostel Diana Park
This cozy hostel in central Helsinki is in a beautiful old building with high ceilings and spacious dorms. It’s always kept tidy and, with a super friendly staff at the 24/7 reception, it’s a homey and welcoming place. The bunks in the dorms are basic, but there’s a power outlet and reading lamp beside each bed (no privacy curtains though). There’s excellent water pressure in the showers too (always a major plus in my book). As it’s a pretty small hostel and there isn’t a common room (aside from the kitchen area, which closes at 11pm), there aren’t a ton of places to meet fellow travelers here. This hostel best for travelers looking for a quiet, low-key stay in the city center. Single rooms are available too.
Hostel Diana Park at a glance:
3. CheapSleep Helsinki
CheapSleep Helsinki is the cheapest hostel in Helsinki (it’s the only place you can find beds for under 20 EUR). The major tradeoff, however, is location, as this hostel is not in central Helsinki (it’s a 15-minute tram ride away). However, it’s the most social of Helsinki’s hostels, organizing events four nights a week, including a movie night, game night, and party night on the weekends. There’s a common room with arcade games and a bar with a happy hour (4 EUR beers!) too, as well as a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook from provisions easily acquired from the grocery store right downstairs. The dorms are of your classic old-school backpacker hostel variety, with basic metal bunks and sparse décor, although all bunks have individual power outlets, lockers, and reading lamps (no privacy curtains). Overall, this hostel is a great choice for travelers on a tight budget who are looking for a fun atmosphere and aren’t bothered by taking the tram to get around.
CheapSleep Helsinki at a glance:
4. Hostel Suomenlinna
Hostel Suomenlinna is located on the same island as the 18th-century Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 15-minute ferry ride from central Helsinki (ferries generally run every 20-30 minutes), the hostel itself is located in a historic building that used to be an elementary school and then a military barracks. It’s a fairly big hostel, with common areas both inside and outside as well as a kitchenette (more for heating food rather than cooking). Rooms are simple but comfortable, and bunks in dorms have personal outlets and reading lights. There are female-only dorms too. Due to its island location, the hostel is pretty quiet, so it’s ideal for travelers who like the idea of a peaceful city getaway that’s still easily accessible to the center. You’ll also have the normally busy island to yourself in the mornings and evenings after all the tourists have left.
Hostel Suomenlinna at a glance:
5. Eurohostel Helsinki
This is an awesome place to stay as there are a lot of amenities here. There are two lounges (one has a lot of tables and desks, so it’s good for remote workers), three kitchens, a sauna, bike rentals, and a 24/7 reception. There’s also a bar/restaurant that’s open for breakfast and evening dinner/drinks. The hostel is just steps away from the ferry terminal with ferries going to Stockholm and Tallinn, which is convenient for continuing your Scandinavian adventure. For rooms, there are two types: budget and standard. Budget is likely sufficient for most travelers, but if you want an upgraded experience with soundproofed and renovated rooms with a TV (that are on the same floor as one of the kitchens), opt for a standard room.
Eurohostel Helsinki at a glance:
Though the Finnish capital often gets overlooked by travelers, Helsinki is a great place to soak up some beautiful design, relax in a sauna, visit some quirky museums and historic sites, and enjoy a European capital without crowds (even in the summer). While the city can be pricey, by picking one of the hostels above you’ll save you money that can be used for something else!
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